Cordova wraps up Deep Clean campaign

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CORDOVA — Cordova public works employees hauled away 50 loads of junk and clutter during the recent "Deep Clean" campaign.

The campaign, which began in January and ran through April 1, covered residences in the city limits and was intended to improve the appearance of the city by offering an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items at no cost.

One of the advantages of the campaign was that homeowners could get rid of things that couldn't be picked up by the city before because they aren't household garbage or brush.

Forty work orders have been completed, and members of the Cordova Ministerial Association are working with the city to complete an additional 10 work orders in which residents needed help getting their items to the curb, according to Mayor Jeremy Pate.

"We got a lot of things cleaned up. I think the city looks 100 times better," he said.

Pate added that while participation in some areas of the city was lower than he had hoped, the overall campaign was still a success.

"Hopefully, by next year if we have the program again, they'll be willing to participate," Pate said.

Letters went out in January notifying homeowners of the campaign. With two weeks left, the city sent out follow-up notices to specific addresses that are in violation of the nuisance ordinance. 

Now that the campaign has ended, the city will pursue the usual legal process for cleaning up properties that are in violation of the ordinance. 

The Deep Clean campaign, which was complemented by a city-wide yard sale and a litter clean-up day sponsored by the Cordova Economic and Industrial Development Authority, was one of Pate's first big initiatives after taking office in November. 

"It was something I came up with. I want to be fair to everybody and I don't want to put the heavy hand of the government on somebody without giving them an opportunity to do what's expected of them. They had an opportunity to clean up before we had to take any action," Pate said.